Prop A Would Give St. Louis Control of Police
ST. LOUIS - The Civil War was just getting stared when the state of Missouri took control of the St. Louis Police Department. A century-and-a-half later, the city wants it back.
Years of efforts by the city to wrest control from the state Legislature failed, so now, voters are being asked to decide. Proposition A is on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot.
Mayor Francis Slay says taxpayers would save about $4.5 million because duplication of administrative functions would no longer be necessary. More importantly, he says, police work improves with local oversight.
But some in St. Louis oppose Proposition A because language that would have established a citizen oversight board and easier access to police records were stricken.